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Souto Correa Advogados

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Senior Partners: Anderson Cardoso, André Gomes, Carlos Souto, Fernanda Girardi, Fernando Ayres, Gilberto Corrêa Junior, Guilherme Amaral, Henry Lummertz, Joel Gallo, Jorge Cesa, Letícia Provedel, Luis Felipe Spinelli, Marcelo Gandelman, Paulo Souto, Roberta Feiten, Rodrigo Tellechea, Ricardo Quass Duarte
Number of partners: 20
Number of other lawyers: 81

Firm Contacts:

Administrative & Regulatory:
Livia Amorim
Agribusiness: Fernando Pellenz
Compliance: Carlos Souto
Consumer & Product Liability: Roberta Feiten
Contracts: Fernanda Girardi
Corporate & M&A: Carlos Souto
Dispute Resolution: Guilherme Rizzo Amaral
Environmental & Sustainability: Fabiana Figueiró
Financial & Capital Markets: Gilberto Deon Corrêa Jr.
Intellectual Property & Entertainment: Letícia Provedel
Labour
: Patricia Alves Real Estate: Fábio Baldissera
Restructuring/Insolvency:
Luis Felipe Spinelli
Tax: Giácomo Paro
Timberland: Gilberto Deon Corrêa Jr.
Wealth & Succession Planning: Daniel Alt
White-Collar Crimes: Antonio Tovo
Asian Desk: Guilherme Rizzo Amaral
German Desk: Jorge Cesa
Latin Desk: Raquel Stein
Startup Hub: Rodrigo Tellechea

Firm Overview:

The team assists clients in Brazil and abroad in all areas of business law. To achieve that, it relies on professionals who are fluent in several foreign languages, which enables them to meet the standards and requests from various countries, especially through its Asian, German and Latin desks.

Main Areas of Practice:

Administrative/Regulatory:

The firm has expertise in procurement and government contracts, concessions, permissions and authorisations, expropriation and administrative easements, sanctioning proceedings, misconduct actions, anticorruption law etc. The firm represents clients in infrastructure related matters, particularly regarding energy, oil and gas, sanitation, harbours and airports, railways and mining.

Consumer & Product Liability:
The firm manages strategic lawsuits involving consumer rights, such as collective actions. Experience includes handling public civil inquiries and strategic administrative cases filed by consumer protection and defense authorities. The team handles product liability lawsuits and recall campaigns. The area advises clients on consumer internal policies.

Corporate & M&A:
The team handles all matters related to a company’s dayto- day corporate and governance routines. Attorneys take part in several transactions including mergers and acquisitions, shareholder agreements, and due diligence procedures. On the contractual side, the team negotiates and drafts commercial, distribution and agency agreements. The corporate team works with related practice areas, such as real estate, timberland investment and agribusiness.

Corporate Criminal:
The area covers corporate criminal issues from a truly multidisciplinary angle. The team assists natural and legal persons regarding criminal matters during criminal investigations and in lawsuits before federal and state courts. This area’s deep involvement in each case and the technical knowledge of the team guarantee quick responses and efficient solutions in all stages of the criminal process.

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration & Mediation:
The team handles domestic and international mediations and arbitrations, arbitral letters, challenging and annulment of arbitral awards, recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Advises clients in the negotiation and drafting of arbitral clauses. Team members also act as arbitrators and mediators.

Dispute Resolution: Litigation:
The firm has experience in the prevention and resolution of complex litigation in the administrative and judicial spheres, representing clients before all courts. It also cooperates with clients in the definition of strategies to reduce litigation, and advises them in accordance with the needs of their businesses.

Environmental & Sustainability:
The firm provides consultancy services regarding compliance with environmental legislation, analysing possible opportunities arising from legal benefits. The team also assists with environmental, administrative and legal proceedings, including monitoring civil inquiries and public civil actions, negotiating settlements with public authorities, and providing assistance with licensing.

Intellectual Property & Entertainment:
The firm advises clients on issues related to trademarks, brands, franchises, copyright law, domain names, industrial design, know-how, business secrets, software, unfair competition, e-commerce, corporate name disputes, trade-dress, biotechnology, cultivation, genetic patrimony access (CGen), and all related areas, including application and protective measures. It assists clients in matters related to the recording and audiovisual industry, events, online content providers, TV broadcasters, advertising agencies, copyrights, image and voice rights, sponsorships, advertisements and branded entertainment.

Labour:
The team acts in litigation cases and in consultancy. Experience includes managing the relationship with union entities and negotiating collective agreements. The team deals with due diligences and the management of financial liabilities, and reviews HR proceedings. Also in its purview is the drafting of contracts, internal policies and codes of conduct, and conducting in-company training sessions on labour-related matters.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
Regularly assists and represents debtors and creditors involved in judicial and extrajudicial restructuring, bankruptcies and in the extrajudicial liquidation of companies. Acts in the restructuring of debts, negotiating with debtors and creditors, as well as in the sale or acquisition of companies and/or distressed assets.

Tax:
The firm offers a wide range of tax consultancy and litigation services at the federal, state and municipal levels, including issues such as social security contributions, operation restructuring, tax benefits, mergers and acquisitions, tax replacements, transfer pricing and due diligences, as well as the legislative process. The team is recognised for its expertise in customs law, analysing foreign trade taxation, tax classifications, among others.